LGBT Fiction

Authors of gay and lesbian fiction

Titles by these authors are available in Hampshire libraries.
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Gay fiction

    • Gilbert Adair
    • Jake Arnott
    • Michael Cunningham
    • Jose Luis De Juan
    • Michael Eugenides
    • Patrick Gale,
    • Jean Genet,
    • Jim Grimsley
    • Joseph Hansen
    • Scott Heim
    • Alan Hollinghurst
    • David Leavitt
    • J.T. Leroy
    • Armistead Maupin
    • Paul Monette
    • Jamie O’Neill
    • Annie Proulx
    • Shyam Selvadurai
    • Jean Ure
    • Edmund White
    • Mark Richard Zubro

Lesbian fiction

    • Naomi Alderman
    • Carol Anshaw
    • Amanda Boulter
    • Rita Mae Brown
    • Helen  Cross
    • Emma Donoghue
    • Stella Duffy
    • Patricia Duncker
    • Radclyffe Hall
    • Ellen Hart
    • Karin Kallmaker
    • Jackie Kay
    • V.G. Lee
    • Claire McNab
    • Mendelson, Charlotte  
    • Leslea Newman
    • Jane Rule
    • Dorothy Strachey
    • Jay Taverner
    • Louise Tondeur
    • Sarah Waters
    • Jeanette Winterson


Lesbian and Gay Fiction

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    Naomi Alderman - Disobedience

    An exploration of friendship and morality set in the heart of London's orthodox Jewish community. Long listed for the Orange Prize in 2006.


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    Helen Cross - Summer of love

    In her debut novel we have a highly original tale of two 15-year-olds spending one long, hot summer together Although from completely different backgrounds both girls are victims of parental break-ups and they embark on a wild relationship that is both romantic and shockingly violent.


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    Stella Duffy - Beneath the Blonde

    Siobhan Forrester, lead singer of Beneath the Blonde, has everything a girl could want but now she has a stalker as well. PI Saz Martin starts on a whirlwind investigation and she isn't sure she wants to keep the relationship strictly business.


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    Radclyffe Hall - The Well of Loneliness

    This powerful novel of love between women was banned on publication in 1928 but then went on to become a classic bestseller. Stephen Gordon (named by a father desperate for a son) is not like other girls. As she grows up amidst the suffocating grandeur of Morton Hall she finds herself set apart from others… and then she falls passionately in love.


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    Sarah Waters - The Night watch

    Moving through 1940s London this  is the story of a group of young people, including three gay women, and the consequences of their relationships.


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    Michael Cunningham - A home at the end of the world

    Two decades of American life told through four people: Bobby and gay Jonathan, growing up together in a small town in the 1970s, Jonathan's mother Alice and unconventional Clare, with whom the two grown-up men forge a life together…and a family.


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    Patrick Gale - Dangerous pleasures

    A collection of Patrick Gale's short fiction. The subjects are wide-ranging and various - curious childhood loyalties, long-hidden memories, fractured relationships.


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    David Leavitt - The Indian clerk

    Set against the backdrop of the First World War, and populated with such luminaries as D.H. Lawrence and Bertrand Russell, "The Indian Clerk" fashions from this fascinating period a compelling story about our need to find order in the world.


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    Armistead Maupin - Michael Tolliver lives

    Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin’s classic Tales of the City series, is back. Now a fifty-five-year-old gardener, he brings the groundbreaking saga of San Francisco life up to date.


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    Edmund White - A Boy’s own story

    First published in 1982, White's semi-autobiographical novel became an instant classic. It is regarded as one of the most searing and glorious evocations of a child on the brink of maturity.



Green Carnation Prize 2012

The Green Carnation Prize is a literary prize for any form of the written word by an LGBT writer. The prize got off to a great start in 2010 as the first award that celebrated the best fiction and memoirs by gay men. The winner was Christopher Fowler’s ‘Paperboy’ followed by Catherine Hall’s ‘The Proof of Love’ in 2011 when the prize opened itself to any LGBT author worldwide.

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    Patrick Gale "A Perfectly good man"

    When 20-year-old Lenny Barnes, paralysed in a rugby accident, commits suicide in the presence of Barnaby Johnson, the much-loved priest of a West Cornwall parish, the tragedy's reverberations open up the fault lines between Barnaby and his nearest and dearest.



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    Andre Carl Van der Merwe "Moffie"

    When, at the age of 19, Nicholas van der Swart is conscripted into the South African army, he enters a world that is utterly at odds with his every sensibility. Here, he will face the scorn and violence of his tormenters, but will also find the strength to survive.



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    Carol Anshaw "Carry the one"

    In the early hours of the morning, following a wedding reception, a car filled with stoned, drunk and sleepy guests accidentally hits and kills a girl on a dark country road. For the next 25 years, the lives of those involved are subtly shaped by this tragic moment.


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    Philip Hensher "Scenes from early life"

    'Scenes from Early Life' is the story of one upper-middle-class Bengali family, told in the form of a memoir. It is an autobiography, a novel and, in part, a history of one of the most ferocious of 20th-century civil wars.


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    Kerry Hudson "Tony Hogan bought me an ice cream float before he stole my ma"

    This is the story of a Scottish childhood of sordid council flats and B&Bs, screeching women, feckless men, fags and booze and drugs, the dole queue and bread and marge sandwiches. It is also the story of an irresistible, irrepressible heroine, a dysfunctional family you can't help but adore, and the absurdities of the 80s.


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    Edmund White "Jack Holmes and his friend"

    A moving, expertly-crafted novel from one of New York's most prolific and well-respected authors. With narrative daring and a gifted sense of the rueful submerged drama of life, the novel is a beautifully sculpted exploration of sexuality and sensibility.


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